Drug Use in the Military

Military Drug Test Defense Lawyer Fighting Your Urinalysis Test Results

Mandatory urinalysis tests can seriously jeopardize a military career if they test positive. However, it is a common misconception that these cases are unwinnable. Positive urinalysis tests can and should be challenged. Just like any other biological tests, there are many factors that can contribute to a false positive UA result for drugs and controlled substances.

How Can Someone Get a False Positive for Drugs in a Urinalysis?

Reasons for false positive or faulty UA tests are manufacturing errors, improper labeling or storage, ingestion of poppy seeds, herbal supplements, and certain foods or vitamins.

Some of the most common reasons and substances that cause false positives include:

  • Diet Pills
  • Lidocaine Patches
  • Antidepressants
  • Antacids
  • Cold Medicine
  • Over-the-counter Decongestants
  • NSAIDS like Naxproxen, Ibuprofen, and Motrin

Attorney Patrick J. McLain is an experienced and aggressive civilian military defense lawyer. He has practiced in the area of military law for more than 30 years, formerly serving as a court-martial trial judge, USMC defense attorney, and federal prosecutor. He protects the rights of his fellow servicemen and women facing charges for positive drug test results in the military.

To discuss your military drug case with attorney McLain, contact our law firm at (214) 761-6550.

How We Challenge Positive Urinalysis Test Results

There are a variety of defenses to positive urinalysis tests. We challenge:

  • The way your sample was collected, stored and safeguarded
  • The testing and forensic procedures at the drug lab
  • The forensic science or presumptions that support the urinalysis evidence
  • The medications that could cause a false-positive urinalysis

Our law office works with established forensic toxicologists in all drug test cases. Because of our varied practice in federal courts and civilian state courts, we have access to some of the best experts in the country. Additionally, Attorney McLain has done extensive research on military drug testing and has visited drug labs. His insight helps protect our clients’ rights and futures.

We have refined the art of the good military character defense, and we will use it to your advantage. If this is your first drug offense, we may be able to get an acquittal based on evidence of your good character as a good soldier, sailor, airman, or marine.

Which Drugs Do Military UAs Test For?

The most common drugs that military members are screened for include:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Bath Salts
  • Methamphetamines
  • Cush
  • Prescription Drugs like Vicodin, Soma, Ritalin, and Adderall
  • Opiates like heroin & Oxycodone
  • Anxiety medication like Xanax and Valium
  • Designer Drugs like Ecstasy and Spice
  • Contact Our Law Office for a Defense You Can Trust

Attorney McLain is an experienced positive UA defense attorney, determined to provide all of his clients with a strong and compelling defense. He regularly attends CLEs (continuing legal education classes) to learn new defense strategies and remain abreast of any developments in the law. He also teaches at service schools where he shares knowledge with talented military practitioners.

Contact our law office in (214) 761-6550 to put this experience on your side when you are fighting positive urinalysis accusations. We are readily able to defend you before any courts-martial or review board across the country and around the world.

Client Reviews

  • Patrick J. McLain, Judge Advocate and Attorney at Law Always made me feel as though I was his most important client, and was knowledgeable on all subjects.
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  • Patrick J. McLain, Judge Advocate and Attorney at Law Mr. McLain not only saw me through the roughest time of my life but he saved my career.
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  • Patrick J. McLain, Judge Advocate and Attorney at Law Thanks to him I am now able to get on with my life.
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